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UK Spends More on Prison Food Than School Lunches

UK: Soil Association Criticises "Low Quality" School Meals
06 Oct 2003

The UK government is failing to ensure that children at primary schools are
given healthy food, with more money spent on prison food than primary school
lunches, according to a new report.

The daily amount spent on each child¹s school lunch can be as low as 31p
(US$0.52), compared with around 60p spent on a prisoner¹s lunch, according
to the Food For Life report published by the Soil Association. As a result,
low quality processed food dominates school meals which are often high in
fat, sugar and salt, the report said.

The Soil Association, which promotes and certifies organic produce, called
for radical changes, starting with new nutritional standards for school
meals which are closely monitored.

Peter Melchett, the Soil Association¹s policy director, said, "All too
often, children at primary school are fed muck off a truck. The Government
acknowledges there are problems and must as a first step bring back
quantified nutritional standards for school meals. Then parents, schools,
local authorities, food suppliers, farmers and the Government need to work
together to ensure school lunches are made from unprocessed, local and
organic food."

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